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Local resident embarks on ECU research journey

Thursday, 12 August 2010


Local resident and PhD candidate Shuyi Zhen couldn’t think of a better place to start her research journey than Edith Cowan University (ECU).

Originally a full-time English teacher in China, Shuyi felt the need to further expand her knowledge within teacher education, and saw ECU as the perfect learning platform.

Embarking on a PhD in pre-service teacher education in mid-2009, she is currently working with the one-year teacher residency program launched by ECU in January 2010, and her primary research interest is in the program’s impact on school-readiness of its pre-service teachers.

Throughout the residency program students are immersed in a real school context under the supervision of an experienced mentor teacher, with the aim to teach students how to combine teaching theory and practice, in preparation for graduation.

By working with the program, Shuyi has already gained invaluable knowledge about the teaching profession, which she can then use to further develop her own career.

“Even though I’ve just started my PhD research, I can already feel the impact that it is having on me.”

“When it comes to doing research, I feel like I am learning to walk again. I begin by exploring the environment, and step-by-step I am slowly developing the confidence and determination to reach out further,” said Ms Zhen.

Ms Zhen’s research journey coincides with ECU’s 2010 Research Week, a week-long calendar of events that brings together staff, students, current and future researchers to share their research, knowledge, ideas and inspiration.

It is an opportunity for students like Shuyi to meet with other like minded researchers, and discuss their ideas, as well as learn from well-known research experts.

ECU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor John Finlay-Jones, believes Research Week highlights ECU’s ongoing commitment to research and development.

“Each individual’s research journey is a personal and rewarding experience. We are proud to support students like Shuyi in their research journeys, and events such as Research Week help promote the importance of research and development to ECU students and the wider community.”

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